Restoration > Habitat Enhancement > Upland Habitat Restoration
 


Although we specialize in wetlands, we are often called upon to design, plant, and manage uplands. It is important to remember that while uplands provide important habitat for wildlife, they are also very important groundwater recharge areas.

Planting a upland buffer surrounding a pond or wetland can dramatically improve water clarity by helping to trap and uptake nutrients running off the landscape from fertilizers applied to lawns. Most of the time this is the reason for the algae blooms that turn many small ponds green in summer.

Many states require buffers to protect natural wetlands, streams, and tidal waters.

Native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers are the key components to creating diverse habitats. They are adapted to local climatic conditions and the local wildlife benifits from their seeds, nuts, and fruits.

 

 

Native Plants to Attract Butterflies (Adobe PDF)

Native Plants to Attract Songbirds (Adobe PDF)

Link to our Nursery to learn about our plants and availability.

 
 

planted buffer
At this site, a 100 foot buffer from Mean High Water was required. This buffer planting replaces lawn and helps protect the new marsh (and tidal waters) from lawn cheimcals and fertilizers.